Echo Park Named One of Top 10 Great Neighborhoods
And when you hear that, you might find yourself asking which Realtor came up with that ranking. Luckily, this time there is some creditability behind the designation: the American Planning Association. They "singled out Echo Park because of its breathtaking topography set in the hills above downtown, historic architecture, pedestrian-oriented streets and stairways, and engaged residents who, over the years, have gone to great lengths to protect and preserve their community," according to an APA release (add: their website has more info and history on why EP was chosen) .
APA Executive Director Paul Farmer said "the neighborhood has a long history of citizen activism that has inspired not only spirited public debate, but also committed and motivated residents who are helping to keep Echo Park a great place to live."
But activism and engagement isn't the only theme here. Festivals, classy dining alongside "spectacular burrito stands," a diversity of ethnic groups and income levels and great architecture such as craftsman-style and modern homes all add to Echo Park's great neighborhoodieness. Below are the two press releases sent out, one for Echo Park, the other announcing the other cities.